• Raina Enand

    Raina Enand is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. At a young age she showed a high interest in dance beginning her training in traditional Indian Dancing. She then entered the competitive dance world, training in Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary.  At Wake Forest University, she continued her training in contemporary movement with Wake Forest Dance Company…

  • Shuhan Xie

    Shuhan was first introduced to the underground hip hop dance scene in 2014 at the age of 15 and began training in various street styles such as hip hop, popping, locking, breaking, waacking, street jazz, and urban dance in addition to having fundamentals in ballet and tap dance from previous years. While practicing and learning…

  • Jennifer Yeo

    MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Having regretfully not danced during her early years, Jennifer Yeo found her niche by exploring different hobbies, including ice skating and cheerleading. It wasn’t until her freshman year of high school that she discovered a love for dance, and ever since it has been the one outlet through which she feels…

  • Jane Bowers

    CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Adopted from China and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Jane loved dance before she loved runny eggs. After beginning her training at a local ballet studio, Jane majored in dance at Appalachian State University, where she expanded her movement vocabulary to include modern, jazz, hip hop, and West African. Jane has performed with…

  • Jennifer Jeng

    CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Jennifer began dancing during the summer of third grade with Ballet Hispanico on a full scholarship after performing with their elementary school program, Primeros Pasos. At that Upper West Side studio, Jennifer was first exposed to ballet and flamenco, later expanding her dance vocabulary with classes in Latin Jazz, Pointe, Dunham, Horton and Limon….

  • Aaron Chen

    Always drawn to performing arts, Aaron grew up as a theater kid and got heavily involved in videography and photography in college at North Carolina State University. It wasn’t until his junior year that he tried out dancing though, and he loved it so much he trained hard and joined NCSU’s Fusion a year later….

  • Maddie Bairey

    CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Maddie Bairey started out doing ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics at various studios in California and later in Italy, where she spent her middle school years. She gave up dance for varsity track in high school and continued running at the collegiate level while studying at MIT. Following injuries that stopped her from…

  • Shira Kogan

      Shira Kogan is absolutely thrilled to join EPIC Motion this season. Having been a long-time fan of EPIC Motion while attending college in Boston, when she moved to NYC in January 2016, joining EPIC was at the top of her to-do list.  Shira’s dance background begins when she was a small child who would…

  • Charisse Anne

      THE DROP DIRECTOR Charisse Anne started dancing at the age of 13 years old in the styles of jazz and hip-hop, but has realized her love for waacking, voguing, and house since she transplanted to New York City from sunny San Diego, California in 2009. She has trained with multiple teams along the West Coast…

  • Valerie Chan

    Val Chan joined the New Jersey dance community in 2010 on Project D’s first training team. She continued to dance with the PD Fambam through high school and into early college. After a short break, Val joined The Society, a team based in the New Brunswick/Edison area near Rutgers University. Upon graduation, Val took a…

  • Tim Magalona

    Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Tim Magalona did not start dancing until his senior year of high school in their annual Spring musical. However, it was not until freshmen year at Stony Brook University where he fully immersed himself in dance. He joined PUSO Modern during his freshmen year where he trained in…

  • Janice Tsai

    Janice has danced in some form since she was young — with most of her formative training in ballet and traditional Chinese dance, later focusing on urban choreography. At Rutgers University, she danced and led Verse|One, an open-level urban dance team focused on promoting inclusivity and building community through dance. Later, she joined UFP and…

  • Audra Clyburn

    From Queens, NY, Audra Clyburn began dancing at the age of 7 with ballet and tap at Movement of the Children Dancenter. She later began to study jazz and contemporary as well as ballet at the Dance Theatre of Harlem for several years. Audra continued to dance in college, beginning with Emanon Dance Team, a…

  • Jared Giles

    From Louisville, KY, Jared Giles started dancing at 17, when he and two of his friends decided to start a group and perform at parties and talent shows around town. Jared continued his training , mainly in hip hop and street jazz, in North Carolina as a member and leader of Kamikazi Hip Hop Dance…

  • Derek Ho

    CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Growing up in a family of dancers, one of Derek Ho’s earliest childhood memories is watching his parents train in ballroom at their local studio in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Despite the early exposure, Derek did not discover his passion in dance until his freshman year at Rutgers University, where he was inspired…

  • Gaby D’Amato

    Gaby, also known as Gibby (her other Gemini half) is a born and raised Brooklyn native. She was first initiated into the dance community at 9 years old when she took the stage as an Irish Step dancer. It was only forward from there. Throughout her teen years she trained in Ballet, Contemporary & Hip…

  • Marisa Aquino

    Marisa began dancing at the tender age of 5 in Ballet class, which she eventually got bored with. Soon after she was introduced to Jazz Dance which was definitely more fun, but then at 12 years old discovered the love of her life, Hip-Hop Dance. Inspired by MC Hammer’s dancers at the time, she made…

  • Anika Fanlo

    Anika (Anne-ehh-kuh) realized an interest for dance her freshman year of high school after watching Kaba Modern’s Vibes 8 performance on youtube. Since then, she’s navigated her way through various NJ teams: Fr3sh Jrs, UFPx, UFP Company, and (after a 4-year hiatus because she’s crazy and attended pharmacy school in Philadelphia) the Wannabes. Now spending…

  • Michelle Duong

      A native of Brooklyn, NY, Michelle Duong was constantly surrounded by diverse cultures and dance styles. Her interest for dance began when she first learned choreography on her junior high school’s dance team. Through the team, she had the opportunity to showcase for Dancewave in Brooklyn and discovered a love for performance. It wasn’t…

  • Esosa Oviasu

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR By the age of 12, Esosa Oviasu had already conquered the scene of awkward Bar Mitzvah dances crazes such as “The Cha Cha Slide” and “Cotton-Eyed Joe,” but it was when entered high school that he was formally introduced to breaking and popping. Years later when he moved to New York City, he…

  • Lauren Ritter

    Lauren began dancing at a young age, training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip-hop at Fitzsimmons Dance Factory, a competition studio in Rochester, New York. During her high school career, she attended conventions to supplement her technical training, such as New York City Dance Alliance and Onstage NY, and worked closely with choreographers including…

  • Lissette Martinez

    Lissette was born and raised in the Bronx where she started tapping her toes and feeling awkward in ballet class at the age of 2. By the time she was 12, she started seriously pursuing the “dance moms” life, training and competing in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, contemporary and musical theater. While…

  • Willy Hoang

    SPRING LOGISTICS DIRECTOR Willy Hoang originates from Gardena, a suburb of Los Angeles. He first began dabbling in dance during his freshman year of college through Expressions Dance Company. After moving to New York, he briefly joined Synchronic Dance Team and continued dancing by taking classes throughout the city. He is thrilled to join EPIC Motion for Season 9.